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Race Against Meso Raises Cash

Fourth Annual Event Succeeds Despite Rainfall

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

The rains came down like aalt monsoon, scaring supporters of the fight against Mesothelioma away. Still, the Fourth Annual Rods Miles Against Meso was more successful than ever.

Held in Eleanor, the 5K run, 5K walk, raffles, and countless other activities, raised more than $25,000, according to event organizer and founder Missy Dorsey Bowles.

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The event was started after Missy lost her father, Richard O. Dorsey, to Mesothelioma just weeks after he was diagnosed.

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Missy grieved, and still does. But through her tears she became determined to stop Mesothelioma and has raised about $100,000 over the past four years to fight the deadly disease.

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On her Facebook page, Missy reached out with gratitude to her many supporters, saying, "I'm so happy you guys!!! You did awesome and your support is so appreciated!!!"

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Still, there was a moment when Missy felt overwhelmed by the bad weather. "I broke down when a strong wind gust blew in and blew all my registration off the tables and my daddys balloon blew away but my helpers chipped in and rushed everything inside and the day was amazing," she says. "God provided and my daddy was surely proud. Helping others is what I am here to do."

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The more than $25,000 will surely help others. And there's no doubt that Richard Dorsey is looking down from heaven shouting, "Go Missy! Go Missy! Go Missy!" as his little girl works hard to raise money to bring healing to mesothelioma victims.

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